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View Poll Results: Tacoma vs. Bellevue
Tacoma 27 46.55%
Bellevue 31 53.45%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-03-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Tacoma vs. Bellevue which do you prefer? Why?

I personally prefer Tacoma but I am also from Tacoma so take that with a grain of salt. But it is an awesome city none the less
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:46 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I'd rather live in Bellevue as it's prettier, closer to Seattle, and has better shopping.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:11 PM
 
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Bellevue better schools if you have kids and hardly no crime if any.
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Nashville
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Tacoma is better if you are in the drug trade or work in the factory..

Bellevue is better if you are in the IT field or work behind a desk.

Bellevue has better food, less crime, closer to nicer outdoor mountain recreation, having Northern and Central Cascades nearby, yet still at the footsteps of Seattle.

Tacoma is gritty, grimey , blue -collar and crime-ridden (in many parts). Bellevue is lush, green, suburban, yet still feels foresty. Bellevue has a mix of cultures and is very diverse.. Tacoma is lower income whites and blacks mixed with some wealthy white aristocrats who live in the Northside.

I could go on and on about this , but I am busy.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I think Tacoma is very charming. The city needs some redevelopment for sure but I think it has a lot of potential to be pretty hip.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Tacoma vs. Everett is a better comparison. Bellevue is from a different league.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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If you can afford it, Bellevue is much better imo. Better schools, much lower crime, better housing, closer to Seattle, better restaurants. Tacoma gives the option of living there with a lower income which Bellevue does not.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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They are both terrible. Why would you ever waste your time in a culture void suburb?
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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They are both terrible. Why would you ever waste your time in a culture void suburb?
I like both Tacoma and Bellevue, and mostly disagree with sawkeaton's views here.
Tacoma is a city, it has about 200,000 people, and it's a very old city by Western Washington standards. When I think of suburbs, I don't usually think of a place that has a theatre district with historic theatres, a history museum, a glass museum, and an art museum. A lot of Tacoma is cool/funky. And some of Tacoma is run down/higher crime. That's not suburban. Culture void? No. Tacoma's got all kinds of music going on, art, etc.

Bellevue certainly was known for much of it's life as a suburb, and it does have a lot of suburban style housing. But it has big skyscrapers. Does that make it a city?

Everybody's got their own views on what kinds of places make them happy. A lot of people are most happy in a place that's safe, with good schools, that's suburban, and they don't care so much about culture.
Others prefer walkability and coolness and funkiness. They want shows and clubs and galleries, museums, etc.

If I had kids going to public schools, Bellevue wins hands down. If I liked cool old houses, an art scene, and killer views of Puget Sound, Tacoma wins hands down.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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They are both terrible. Why would you ever waste your time in a culture void suburb?
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